Posted: May 27,2009
As we turn out attention this week to Psalm 49 I
notice the Bible title is To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the
sons of Korah. The chief musician tells us it was for public
worship. The sons of Korah were the singers. This Psalm especially the
10 written to the sons of Korah, addresses their history. Their past
generations were destroyed in the presence of Moses because of their
arrogance and pride. This Psalm addresses three areas where arrogance
and pride can slip in through a back door and do great damage. The three
subjects we will muse on in this Psalm are Wisdom, Wealth,
and the Way of Life.
Let us look at Wisdom dealt with in
verses 1-4 which says, Hear this, all ye
people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: both low and high,
rich and poor, together. My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the
mediation of my heart shall be of understanding. I will incline mine ear
to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
In verses 1 and 2 we have an Inclining
Towards Wisdom. The Psalm says, Hear this, The phrase has
the idea of give an ear if you have one, listen if you can. Our Lord
constantly says in almost all of His messages, he that hath ears let
him hear. He did not speak to a people who had no ears. He speaks
of the ears of the soul or heart and not the ears of the head or mind.
One is controlled by the five senses and causes one to walk by sight.
The other is controlled by the spirit and causes one to walk by faith.
The bidding to incline the ear is given to all the world but then he
gives a personal description of the people. He asks those born of great
men or nobility to give ear and those from the other side of the tracks,
the nobodies of this world, he also calls on them to listen. He speaks
to the rich, those who have sufficient funds and need no outside help
for their welfare. He also speaks to the poor who have nothing and must
depend on all outside sources for just their daily need.
In verse 3 we find An Instruction
About Wisdom. The Psalmist says I will speak of wisdom.
These are not thoughts that he dreamed up from his own feelings but a
wisdom that comes from above. The word wisdom means to be
extremely wise in what one thinks, says, and does. James says that
wisdom that we gain on our own is earthly, sensual, and devilish. The
wisdom that comes from God above is pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be
entreated, full of mercy, and good fruits without partiality and
hypocrisy. This wisdom will produce the fruits of righteousness and
peace. We find in verse 3 that the instruction of wisdom the Psalmist
will give comes from the understanding he receives from the meditation
of his heart. For Gods people the art of meditation is to enter into
the realm where our thoughts, words, and actions become the same as
those of the Lord. We think like Him. We talk like Him and we act like
Him. Is not this the wisdom we need in this life? No wonder on several
occasions we are told to meditate on the Word of God day and night.
In verse 4 we find An Interest In Wisdom. The
Psalmist promises that the wisdom He gives will not be boring. Through
his meditation God has given him parables to explain the subject he
desires to give wisdom on. A parable is a heavenly story with an earthly
message. A parable will usually catch our attention immediately and keep
us on the edge of our chairs until done. The Psalmist says, I am
going to deal with some dark things that most would rather not speak of.
He promises to take the edge off of them by telling them in song
occupied by the sweetest instrument of peace, which is the harp. Our
Lord sure does have a sweet way of telling us truth, even the hardest of